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Bonellia viridis

Rolando, 1821


James Lynott Are these Bonellia viridis? http://flic.kr/p/focUnC & http://flic.kr/p/foczxq Camas Torsa, Loch Sunart. They were frequent between 5-15m.

João Pedro Silva Don't think so: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpsilva1971/9412485610/

Rudolf Svensen Yes, think so. The colour is quite pale, but I have seen quite a lot like this. And it is a female :-)

João Pedro Silva Any reason for being so pale? I've never seen a male. Actually, is it possible to see one in the wild?

James Lynott Thank you João Pedro Silva and Rudolf Svensen, I was unsure due to the fact all of the individuals seen were so pale.

Rudolf Svensen Do'nt know about the colour. Have seen all kind of greenish here in Norway and you see them on almost all dives below 20 meters. The male is only 2 millimeter long and is found inside the female

George Brown I've observed them spewing out eggs. Little white spheres about 2mm in diameter. But was told they are not Bonellia!

João Pedro Silva Here we only find dark green (higher concentration of bonellin?) from just below the surface and are extremely common. Only seen the whole body of a female twice, one time inside an empty juice container and later under a rock: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpsilva1971/8386694705/

Darryl Mayer I've had these down as Maxmueller lankesteri

Joanne Porter I found something similar at same kind of depth in Loch Nevis but I don't think it is Bonelia or Maxmuelleria. It would be good to know what it really is.

George Brown I've been checking my notes. I've been recording it as Amalosoma eddystonense. Might be wrong but I don't think the proboscis of Maxmuelleria lankesteri is bifid. Trowels out!

James Lynott Thanks everyone, A. eddystonense does look more like what was seen.

Darryl Mayer At last a proper ID for this. The Photographic Guide to the Sea and Shore Life of Great Britain and NW Europe has a poor picture leading to mis-ID. page 141.

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 10 Aug 2013
Giovanni Madonna Bonellia Viridis - "Corbella" dive site - Isola d'Elba (Italy)

Stephane Primatesta The scientific name is Bonellia viridis :-)

Message posted on UWphotographers on 04 Nov 2013
Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Echiura (Phylum)
    Echiuroidea (Class)
      Bonelliida (Order)
        Bonelliidae (Family)
          Bonellia (Genus)
            Bonellia viridis (Species)
Associated Species